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king

noun [C] uk   /kɪŋ/ us  

king noun [C] (MALE RULER)

A2 (the title of) a male ruler of a country, who holds this position because of his royal birth: King Richard II the kings and queens of England
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king noun [C] (MOST IMPORTANT)

C1 the most important, best, or most respected member of a group of animals, things, or people: The lion is often called the king of the jungle. He's the new king of pop music.

king noun [C] (GAMES)

In the game of chess, the king is the most important piece on the board. It can move one square in any direction. a card with a picture of a king on it, used in games: the king of hearts

king

adjective [before noun] uk   /kɪŋ/ us  
used as part of the name of something that is larger than the ordinary type: king prawns a king penguin
Translations of “king”
in Korean 왕, (카드)킹…
in Arabic مَلِك, الشايِب في وَرق الكوتشينة…
in French roi…
in Turkish kral, en iyi ve önemli kişi, en iyisi…
in Italian re…
in Chinese (Traditional) 國王, 國王,君王…
in Russian король…
in Polish król…
in Spanish rey…
in Portuguese rei…
in German der König…
in Catalan rei…
in Japanese 王, (トランプの)キング…
in Chinese (Simplified) 国王, 国王,君王…
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